The Andean cat is one of the rarest and least-known cats in the world. This feline has a soft, flat teddy-bear face and a long, ringed tail which helps it keep its balance when it hunts. Andean mountain cats live exclusively in the Andes Mountains and Patagonia steppe in South America, where climates are harsh and food is scarce.
Sadly, due to mining, hunting, and unregulated tourism, the Andean cat population is rapidly decreasing—with estimates of fewer than 2,800 remaining today. With their habitat isolated in the high desert of the Andes, land conservation is critical to the survival of their species.
GreaterGood.org and Wildlife Conservation Society:
GreaterGood.org and Wildlife Conservation Society are working together to purchase 115,000 acres of crucial Andean cat habitat to conserve into perpetuity. These acres will be formed into the La Payunia Provincial Reserve, located in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina.